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Michael Savage launched his free weekly email newsletter this week. Every Wednesday, subscribers will get Savage’s take on the news of the day, plus special insider-only offers. Just click on the green “Subscribe” button to sign up, so you won’t miss a single issue.
Savage’s first thriller, the novel “Abuse of Power,” hits bookstores next month.
One listener who was lucky enough to get his hands on an advance copy raved: “I seldom read a book cover to cover these days – especially an action novel in the ‘James Bond’ genre. ‘Abuse of Power’ by Michael Savage held me spellbound. I read it in two sittings. It would have been one sitting, but it was too late at night. I finished it the next day. There is never a dull moment in the story. It’s like the series ’24′ on steroids.”
On the air, Savage castigated everyone who “went into hysteria” over the earthquake on the East Coast, calling them “wimps and yellowbellies.” He also mocked the media for obsessing over whether or not Obama felt the tremors while he was playing golf (FREE audio).
Sean Hannity broadcasts out of New York City, so when a rare earthquake hit the East Coast, he experienced it first hand and shared what happened with his listeners (FREE audio).
Former Clinton adviser Dick Morris joined Hannity to discuss Sarah Palin’s chances of getting the GOP nomination in an interview that had Palin fans buzzing (FREE audio).
Rush Limbaugh was on a golfing vacation this week, so Mark Steyn stepped in to guest host. He was even joined by “the other Mark” – regular guest host Mark Belling –and the pair talked about Steyn’s New York Times bestselling book, “After America.”
Belling took over for Limbaugh the rest of the week, and he coined a new nickname for the president: “We have a government trying to shelter reality, trying to build us a bubble like these helicopter parents build for their kids. Barack Obama is the helicopter president.”
It’s no secret that Mark Levin isn’t an admirer of Ron Paul and his loyal fans.
On his Facebook page, Levin once again set the record straight about the controversial congressman’s most vocal supporters: “They’ve spent years spreading their poison. … There are too many who’ve been taken in by their deceit, particularly impressionable young people, and the time has long passed to call them on it. When will the real Ron Paul stand up, or will this hoax continue?”
Meanwhile, a self-described, 70-year-old “Truman Democrat” and tea-party activist called in to tell Levin why he won’t be voting for Obama in 2012 (FREE audio).
Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, told Laura why he’s staying in the race for the Republican 2012 nomination – and why he thinks rival Jon Huntsman is a “RINO.”
Small business owner Amilya Antonetti explained how entrepreneurs like her are struggling in this economy.
Governor Bob McDonnell, R-Va., came on later, touting increasing the power of individual states to deport illegals. Asked if he would welcome a spot on the Republican ticket in 2012, McDonnell told Ingraham that he wouldn’t rule anything out.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is definitely hoping to move into the White House, but nevertheless he told Laura that he thinks Washington, D.C. is “a seedy place” (FREE audio).
Glenn Beck made his highly touted visit to Israel this week to host his “Restoring Courage” rally in Jerusalem. Beck told reporters he’d spent $1 million of his own money to put on the event.
It’s official: MSNBC has hired Al Sharpton to anchor its weekly 6 p.m. program. Handing such a prestigious position to someone as low rent and amateurish as Sharpton has raised plenty of eyebrows, and so far his ratings are an embarrassment.
“But if one thing saves Sharpton,” opines Radio Equalizer Brian Maloney, “it will be MSNBC’s lack of viewer phone-in segments. That’s what’s killing [his] radio program.”
Sharpton will certainly be relieved that he doesn’t have to handle any calls like one he received this week from an African-American listener who dared to question Obama’s leadership abilities.
As usual, Sharpton hasn’t got a satisfactory answer to her questions, so he cuts the call short. That’s easy to do on radio, but as Maloney points out, “Cable TV will demand more than that,” asking rhetorically, “are you up for the task?”
I doubt Sharpton’s TV show will last until the end of this year. Unfortunately for him, he’ll have to go back to talk radio – and those pesky critical callers.